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2004 Nebula Awards Preliminary Ballot

Ahhh, a new year…filled with resoultions and promises of new beginnings. And another round of science fiction awards!

The Science Fiction Writers of America have release the Preliminary Ballot for the 2004 Nebula Awards.


  • Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  • Omega by Jack McDevitt
  • Perfect Circle by Sean Stewart
  • Conquistador by S.M. Stirling
  • The Knight by Gene Wolfe


  • “Walk in Silence” by Catherine Asaro
  • “Off on a Starship” by William Barton
  • “Time Ablaze” by Michael A.Burstein
  • “The Tangled Strings of the Marionettes” by Adam-Troy Castro
  • “Sergeant Chip” by Bradley Denton
  • “Arabian Wine” by Gregory Feeley
  • “The Cookie Monster” by Vernor Vinge
  • “The Green Leopard Plague” by Walter Jon Williams
  • “Just Like the Ones We Used to Know” by Connie Willis


  • “Paying It Forward” by Michael A. Burstein
  • “Zora and the Zombie” by Andy Duncan
  • “Basement Magic” by Ellen Klages
  • “The Voluntary State” by Christopher Rowe
  • “Dry Bones” by William Sanders
  • “The Gladiator’s War: A Dialogue” by Lois Tilton

Short Stories

  • “The Strange Redemption of Sister Mary Anne by Mike Moscoe
  • “Travels With my Cats” by Mike Resnick
  • “Embracing-The-New” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • “Shed Skin” by Robert J. Sawyer
  • “In the Late December” by Greg van Eekhout
  • “Aloha” by Ken Wharton


  • The Incredibles by Brad Bird
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson

My take…

NOVELS: I’ve only read Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom which I rated as 3.5/5.

NOVELLAS: I’ve read “Off on a Starship” (4/5), “The Cookie Monster” (4/5) and “The Green Leopard Plague” (3.5/5). All of these, btw, were collected in the same anthology, Gardner Dozois’ The Year’s Best Science Fiction #21

NOVELETTES: I’ve read “Paying It Forward” and gave it a 5/5

SHORT STORIES: I haven’t read any of these.

SCRIPTS: Personally, I would vote for The Incredibles.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

1 Comment on 2004 Nebula Awards Preliminary Ballot

  1. You can get “The Tangled Strings of Marionettes” for free from FictionWise.

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